Delivering New Homes:
OISD research referenced in All Party Parliamentary Report
A new report by the All Party Urban Development
Group draws on existing work by Prof. Tim Dixon of OISD in the Thames Gateway
and Greater Manchester. The All
Party report argues that the Government's target of three million homes by 2020 is under threat, unless councils and private sector investors take the lead in building and managing these new homes.
Drawing on existing literature, which includes
the recent EPSRC
SUBR:IM brownfield research by Tim Dixon (and which is referenced in
the report), the findings from the All Party Urban Development Group shows
that councils need extra support from Whitehall, and especially from the
newly created Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), to deliver the additional
homes needed in their areas. Case studies in the Ebbsfleet Valley (Thames
Gateway) and Greater Manchester, the two main areas of study in the EPSRC
research, are also used in the All Party report to identify key housing challenges
in England. For example, large parts of the south east are grappling with
the challenges of demand and affordability, and some parts of the north are
struggling to regenerate communities to create both market rate and affordable
A book based on the research (and published by
Blackwells) has also recently been produced by Tim Dixon and co-editors from
the EPSRC SUBR:IM research consortium. For further information click here.
Professor Tim Dixon, Director of OISD, commented:
'We are very pleased that our research findings are clearly pertinent to the ongoing policy debate on housing shortage. This is a further example of how the work of OISD is influencing and shaping the key dialogues on housing and partnership arrangements in delivering sustainable communities '.